To many old people in the Netherlands

There are in 2030 to many old people in the Netherlands in relation to young.

Aging population and tightness on the labour market in the Netherlands. There in relation to the elderly people to few young people in 2030. This will give a lot of problems for the companies in the nation. There will be less people available for the companies. And another trend on the moment is that the quality conditions for employees are increasing. The businesses have to find solutions for this problem. In the next text I will give some examples of alternatives for this problem.

Increase labor participation

Motivate people who are on the moment not assume the labour market. The available supply of employees will increase. The most space to improve the level of workers is by women, elderly, non-western immigrants and partly disabled. Another possibility is to let the part-time work more hours.

Education of existing Staff.

The education of existing Staff can prevent of be the solution for quality tightness in a company. For effectiveness it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is learning on an another way. And the knowledge of people have to be shared with the other people and recorded on a paper.

increase labor productivity

Per Unit of labor produce more. For the same products you need less people. Some companies can better invest in materials to increase the productivity than find new employees. By additional use of technology and automation it will be better.

Increase Mobility

In this case you have to think about promote mobility between companies and work between regions and sectors. And as well about the production that is going abroad to another country with the qualified workers we are missing here. On individual company level can it be a solution to reduce the mobility by  unnecessary leaving.

Increase the attractiveness as employee

The opposite of aging is the recruitment of new staff. If labour becomes more scarcity, you will get more competition of other companies. You have to do research what is important for your potential employees. According to the TNO study ‘Conditions in good earth’ [2011] found 97 percent of the Dutch people good leadership equally important as the salary. Also likes 71 percent to make their own decision about the working timetable.

Attract employees from abroad

A form of increasing the supply. Because the European Union is it simple to invite employees from abroad. But it will give language problems, cultural difficulties and you have to take of a living place for them.

Longer working

It began with the discouragement of early retirement and is enhanced with increasing the retirement age. This increases in principle the supply of labour. But the elderly people need more rest and other conditions in the company.



3 thoughts on “To many old people in the Netherlands

  1. I think this is an important issue and one that will not only be present in the Netherlands but in the rest of Europe too. As on average we do have an aging population and decreasing birth rate. Governments should make a point of reassessing their migration policies in order to fulfill future labour market voids which may not be satisfied from domestic labour market participation alone, I think that in the future it will be necessary to look for help from developing countries who have increasing population trends

  2. The Netherlands is certainly facing with a highly aging population and it will be even more in the coming future. Within more or less 10 years there will be a hard situation in the Netherlands because the highly qualified care situation for retired people. The working people have to pay too much taxes to keep the current care situation in tact. Changes have to be done in the labour market or in the care situation to preserve the current purchasing power. A probable change on the labour market will be that people have to work longer and more. People have to work more full time and have to retire in a later stadium.


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